Fresh Tracks Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
Reported positive topline results from SAD and MAD parts of Phase 1 study of lead DYRK1A inhibitor FRTX-02 in March 2023
Ongoing evaluation of strategic options to further develop FRTX-02 and maximize shareholder value
Strengthened balance sheet with aggregate net proceeds of $6.6 million raised under an ATM program in March 2023
BOULDER, Colo., May 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fresh Tracks Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company” or “Fresh Tracks”) (Nasdaq: FRTX), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company striving to transform patient lives by developing innovative and differentiated prescription therapeutics for the treatment of autoimmune, inflammatory, and other debilitating diseases, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023 and provided a corporate update.
“We continue to be excited about our lead program, FRTX-02, which is a potential first-in-class DYRK1A inhibitor. During the first quarter, we reported topline data from Part 1 of a two-part Phase 1 study of FRTX-02 that showed its potential as a generally safe and well-tolerated, once-daily oral treatment for a broad range of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases,” commented Andrew Sklawer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Tracks. “Our current cash resources will support our operations as we continue to evaluate strategic options to progress the development of our novel pipeline, with the goal of maximizing shareholder value.”
Research and Development Highlights
FRTX-02: a potential first-in-class oral DYRK1A inhibitor for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases
- Announced in March 2023 positive topline results from Part 1 of a two-part Phase 1 clinical trial of FRTX-02, which is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of FRTX-02 capsules in healthy subjects, including single and multiple ascending dose assessments of FRTX-02 or placebo in healthy adult subjects.
- Topline results support the continued development of FRTX-02 as a potential first-in-class, once-daily oral treatment for atopic dermatitis and/or other autoimmune diseases.
FRTX-10: a covalent STING inhibitor for the potential treatment of autoimmune, inflammatory, and rare genetic diseases
- Continued to progress the preclinical IND-enabling development activities of FRTX-10.
Recent Corporate Highlights
Evaluation of Strategic Options
As previously announced in March 2023, the Company’s board of directors (“Board”) and executive management team have approved and are conducting a comprehensive process to explore and evaluate strategic options to progress the development of its novel pipeline of potential treatments for autoimmune, inflammatory, and other diseases with the goal of maximizing shareholder value. Potential strategic options to be explored or evaluated as part of this process may include, but are not limited to, a financing, sale or licensing of assets, acquisition, merger, business combination, and/or other strategic transaction or series of related transactions involving the Company. Fresh Tracks does not expect to disclose developments with respect to this process until the evaluation of strategic options has been completed or until the Board has concluded disclosure is appropriate or legally required. MTS Health Partners, LP has been retained as the Company’s exclusive financial advisor to assist in this review process.
Sales of Common Stock
In March 2023, the Company sold approximately 2.9 million shares of its common stock under an At-The-Market (ATM) program at a weighted-average price of approximately $2.34 per share, for aggregate net proceeds of approximately $6.6 million.
In December 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) accepted the U.S. new drug application (“NDA”) submission by Botanix SB Inc. (“Botanix”) for sofpironium bromide gel, 15%. In April 2023, Botanix announced the successful completion of its FDA mid-cycle review for sofpironium bromide gel, 15%. The FDA communicated to Botanix that no significant issues were identified as part of the review process, including no major clinical safety issues or risk management issues, and that there are no complex regulatory issues that might warrant an advisory committee meeting discussion. Botanix has communicated that it believes FDA approval remains on track for September 2023. If FDA approval is received, Fresh Tracks will be due the next milestone payment ($4.0 million if received before September 30th, less if received thereafter).
First Quarter 2023 Financial Results
The Company reported cash and cash equivalents of $10.8 million as of March 31, 2023, compared to $8.7 million as of December 31, 2022. The Company expects its cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2023 will be sufficient to fund its operations for at least the next 12 months.
Revenue was $9 thousand for the first quarter of 2023, compared to $92 thousand for the first quarter of 2022. Revenue in 2023 primarily consisted of contract revenue recognized for services provided under a transition services agreement with Botanix, while revenue in 2022 was driven by royalty revenue earned on a percentage of net sales of ECCLOCK® (sofpironium bromide gel, 5%) in Japan under a licensing agreement with Kaken Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Research and development expenses were $1.9 million for the first quarter of 2023, compared to $6.0 million for the first quarter of 2022. The decrease in research and development expenses of $4.1 million was driven primarily by lower clinical expenses of $2.2 million related to sofpironium bromide, decreased costs of $1.9 million related to our STING inhibitor program, and lower personnel and other unallocated expenses of $0.2 million, partially offset by increased costs of $0.2 million related to our DYRK1A inhibitor program.
General and administrative expenses were $2.4 million for the first quarter of 2023, compared to $3.5 million for the first quarter of 2022. The decrease of $1.1 million was primarily related to decreased expenses in the 2023 period of $0.6 million for legal and compliance fees, $0.3 million for other expenses, and $0.2 million for compensation-related expenses.
The Company’s net loss was $4.3 million for the first quarter of 2023 compared to $9.4 million for the first quarter of 2022.
No Quarterly Conference Call
In consideration of the Board and management team’s ongoing process of exploring and evaluating strategic options to progress the development of the Company’s novel pipeline, Fresh Tracks’ management has decided not to host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2023 financial results. Additional details regarding the financial results for the first quarter 2023 and corporate update can be found in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.
About Fresh Tracks Therapeutics
Fresh Tracks Therapeutics is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company striving to transform patient lives through the development of innovative and differentiated prescription therapeutics. The Company’s pipeline aims to disrupt existing treatment paradigms and features several new chemical entities that inhibit novel targets with first-in-class potential for autoimmune, inflammatory, and other debilitating diseases. This includes FRTX-02, a potent, highly selective, and orally bioavailable potential first-in-class dual-specificity tyrosine phosphorylation regulated kinase 1A (DYRK1A) inhibitor that is currently being evaluated in a first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial, FRTX-10, a novel, preclinical-stage oral Stimulator of Interferon Genes (STING) inhibitor, and a platform of next-generation DYRK, LRRK2, TTK, and CLK inhibitors. Fresh Tracks’ executive management team and Board have a proven track record of leadership across early-stage research, product development, and global commercialization, having served in leadership roles at large global pharmaceutical and biotech companies that successfully developed and/or launched first-in-class products, some of which have achieved iconic status, including Cialis®, Taltz®, Gemzar®, Prozac®, Cymbalta®, Juvederm®, Pluvicto®, and sofpironium bromide. The Company’s strategy is to align this experience and clear vision to explore beyond the limitations of current therapies by identifying, pursuing, and developing next-generation therapeutics that can be groundbreaking in their ability to help millions of people struggling with autoimmune, inflammatory, and other debilitating diseases. For more information, visit https://www.frtx.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Any statements made in this press release relating to future financial, business, and/or research and development, investigational, preclinical, or clinical performance and potential, conditions, plans, prospects, impacts, shifts, trends, progress, or strategies and other such matters, including without limitation, Fresh Tracks’ strategy; future operations; future potential; future financial position; future liquidity; future revenue; territorial focus; projected expenses; results of operations; the anticipated timing, scope, design, results, possible impact of, and/or reporting of data of ongoing and future nonclinical and clinical trials involving FRTX-02 and any other products; intellectual property rights, including the acquisition, validity, term, and enforceability of such; the expected timing and/or results of regulatory submissions and approvals; the expected receipt of contingent payments and the timing thereof; and prospects for treatment of patients and commercializing (and competing with) any product candidates for any disease by Fresh Tracks or third parties, or research and/or licensing collaborations with, or actions of, its partners, including in the United States, Japan, South Korea, or any other country, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition, when or if used in this press release, the words “may,” “could,” “should,” “might,” “show,” “topline,” “positive,” “announce,” “anticipate,” “advance,” “reflect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “will,” evaluate,” “advance,” “excited,” “aim,” “strive,” “help,” “progress,” “meet,” “support,” “select,” “initiate,” “look forward,” “promise,” “provide,” “commit,” “best-in-class,” “first-in-class,” “standard-of-care,” “on track,” “opportunity,” “disrupt,” “reduce,” “restore,” “demonstrate,” “suggest,” “attenuate,” “imply,” “induce,” “regulate,” “dampen,” “target,” “shift,” “disrupt,” “restore,” “suggest,” “attenuate,” “reinforce,” “imply,” “induce,” “attain,” “regulate,” “dampen,” “inhibit,” “target,” “shift,” and similar expressions and their variants, as they relate to Fresh Tracks or any of Fresh Tracks’ investigational products, partners, or third parties, may identify forward-looking statements. Fresh Tracks cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, which change over time, often quickly, and in unanticipated ways. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements or historical experience include risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, research results and data that do not meet targets; study limitations, including small sample sizes and the enrollment of only healthy patients; data variability; expectations or regulatory approval requirements; ability to obtain adequate financing for (i) product development, (ii) clinical trials, (iii) regulatory submission(s), and (iv) any future commercialization; ability to acquire, maintain, and enforce intellectual property rights; potential delays or alterations in (i) product development, (ii) trials of any type, and (iii) regulatory submission and reviews; changes in law or policy; litigation; regulatory agency actions, feedback, or requests; supply chain disruptions; unanticipated demands on cash resources; interruptions, disruption, or inability by Fresh Tracks, its partners, or third parties to obtain or supply (i) research material, (ii) raw materials, and/or (iii) product anywhere, or secure essential services, in the world; the outcome of and reaction to Fresh Tracks’ current and planned preclinical and clinical trials across its portfolio of assets and for the SAD/MAD portion of this Phase 1 study on FRTX-02; the inability or delay of third parties to achieve the regulatory and sales-based events under Fresh Tracks’ agreements with them, or their lack of funds, resulting in Fresh Tracks not receiving additional or full payments due from them, especially related to the sale and assignment of Fresh Tracks’ ownership of sofpironium bromide; and other risks associated with (i) developing and obtaining regulatory approval for, and commercializing, product candidates, (ii) raising additional capital, and (iii) maintaining compliance with Nasdaq listing requirements.
Further information on the factors and risks that could cause actual results to differ from any forward-looking statements are contained in Fresh Tracks’ filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at https://www.sec.gov (or at https://www.frtx.com). The forward-looking statements represent the estimates of Fresh Tracks as of the date hereof only. Fresh Tracks specifically disclaims any duty or obligation to update forward-looking statements.
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended
|Research and development||1,936||6,013|
|General and administrative||2,414||3,486|
|Total operating expenses||4,350||9,499|
|Loss from operations||(4,341||)||(9,407||)|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders||$||(4,276||)||$||(9,410||)|
|Net loss per common share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||$||(1.14||)||$||(3.55||)|
|Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per common share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||3,756,613||2,652,828|
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Selected Financial Information
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(amounts in thousands)
|December 31, 2022|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||10,764||$||8,680|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,049||1,403|
|Total stockholders’ equity||9,866||7,194|
Released May 10, 2023